Tour of Good Hope now an in­ter­na­tional draw­card

The Herald (South Africa) - - Club Sport -

The Takealot Tour of Good Hope’s el­e­va­tion to UCI sta­tus for 2019 will en­sure that one of South Africa’s premier road tours is a draw­card for SA and in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors.

It is the first time that the five-day race, which takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8, will have UCI points up for grabs and Cy­cling SA gen­eral man­ager Mike Bradley be­lieves it will ben­e­fit riders across the board.

It was the na­tional body’s aim to de­velop more UCI-clas­si­fied races and it had, there­fore, ap­proached race or­gan­is­ers to con­sider this op­tion.

With the doc­u­men­ta­tion com­pleted, the Tour of Good Hope has re­ceived UCI 2.2 sta­tus, join­ing the only other event in South Africa with a sim­i­lar rank­ing, the Tour de Lim­popo.

Bradley said Cy­cling SA’s top pri­or­ity was to cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties for South African riders to earn UCI points.

“Hav­ing these sorts of races is im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly be­cause from now un­til Oc­to­ber is Olympic qual­i­fi­ca­tion year.

“That means the higher our riders rank in­ter­na­tion­ally, the more we will have to qual­ify for the 2020 Olympics,” he said.

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